The Hives – The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons

It's great to finally have a new Hives album, 'The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons', to remind you on record how wild they are....
The Hives : The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons
8.0 FUGA
2023 
The Hives : The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons

Somehow, it’s been eleven years since the last Hives release, 2012’s Lex Hives (QRO review), but Sweden’s finest have always been an act that focuses on its stupendous stage show. Indeed, they could never release another new album, and you’d still catch them every time they came to your town. But it’s still great to finally have a new album, The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons, to remind you on record how wild they are.

Aside from the tech-beat change-up in the penultimate kiss-off “What Did I Ever Do To You?”, Randy is very much in keeping with The Hives’ tradition of giant, back-to-basics, in-your-face rock n’ roll. It’s all maybe best done in another kiss-off, “Rigor Mortis Radio”, which certainly best showcases singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist’s renowned frontman capabilities. But there’s also The Hives kind of trouble in “Two Kinds of Trouble”, bopping “Crash Into the Weekend”, swaying “Stick Up”, and more.

The Hives were part of the aughts ‘return of rock’, but also stood apart, looking less to the alt-nineties or punk seventies than to the initial fifties rock explosion, never too cool for their crowd or a good time. That continues with aplomb and a-bomb on The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons.

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